Fayette jail running out of room; county talks rehab for old jail

It will cost upwards of $855,000, and as much as $1.25 million, to bring Fayette County’s “old” jail facility back into service.

The site was mothballed nine years ago when the new jail facility opened, Jail Administrator Maj. Charles Cowart told the Fayette County Commission in early April. But in recent months the average length of stay per inmate has increased to the point where the county needs to start looking at expansion options, Cowart said.

The facility has eclipsed 80 percent of its 384-bed capacity, which is the trigger for the analysis, Cowart said.

“We have peaked at over 350 at times. A couple of months ago it went down to 250. There’s just no way to predict how many you’re going to have,” Cowart said.

County Administrator Jack Krakeel recommended adding the discussion to next year’s budget planning talks.

Of the current jail population, some 58 are on a waiting list to be taken to the Georgia Department of Corrections to serve a felony sentence, Cowart said.

Some 70 to 75 percent of the jail population is awaiting trial, Cowart added.

Over the past four years, the facility has averaged a population of 272, officials said. A remodeling of the old jail would net another 150 beds.

Commissioner Lee Hearn said he would like to see what it would cost to add a new pod to the jail in lieu of rehabbing the old facility. Commissioner Steve Brown said he too was concerned about fixing the old facility because it might not last as long given the capital outlay necessary.

Cowart said the decision is up to the commission.

“I am not recommending this as the best way to go,” Cowart said.

If the old jail were rehabbed, it would be used to house “the baddest of the bad,” Cowart said. It would also free up another cellblock for non-violent female inmates, as all female inmates are currently congregated in one cellblock, he added.

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just to add to the comment

just to add to the comment about fayette county arresting for "anything" ..

I went fishing for the first time at Lake Horton and SEVERAL people were arrested for taking fish that didn't meet the requirements. I don't know the laws here but I'm sure you all do but I guess the fish have to be a certain length. Couldn't they just have been told to leave?! I thought arresting them was a bit much but that's just my opinion :)

I just about everything posted on here, including arrest reports, and most of them are probation violations, driving without licenses, etc..

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How many non violent drug violators are we housing?

Wake up people.

We are wasting money locking up these folks.

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The Fayette County Jail has 70-75% of it's population in custody awaiting trial because:

a.) Too many Clayton County thugs.
b.) Too many serious crimes, which do not warrant pretrial release.
c.) Bond amounts are set extraordinarily high.
d.) Plea deals are extraordinarily high.
e.) Fayette County arrests people for anything and everything.

Sadly, the bulk of the population seems to believe it's a.) and b.), but the reality is that if you sat over at the clerk's office and perused some of the bonds and sentences and warrants you'd see that c., d., and e. are all far more likely culprits.

Our entire State government is trying to cut costs in a society that feels compelled to continue to isolate behavior and subsequently criminalize it; quit locking up and holding on high bail those people with drug offenses, non-violent offenses, minor theft charges, bad checks, and the like.

And don't even get me started on some of the issues regarding probation...

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More Prisons

We need more prisons. The people that commit crimes don't want to be rehabilitated. They just want to prey upon the innocent and continue to rob, kill, and destroy.

This is the best use of taxpayer money that I can think of. Get the scum off the streets and lock them up. The sooner the better.

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Prison =/= Jail
Fred Garvin wrote:

We need more prisons. The people that commit crimes don't want to be rehabilitated. They just want to prey upon the innocent and continue to rob, kill, and destroy.

This is the best use of taxpayer money that I can think of. Get the scum off the streets and lock them up. The sooner the better.

The State of Georgia pays for the prisons.
Fayette County taxpayers pay for the jail.

This article is not talking about what you're talking about. Assuredly, in this county, those that "rob, kill, and destroy" are kept confined until shipped to prison. It's more about that "dope, lie and steal" and how much of your paycheck you feel like contributing to making sure they spend time in a nice jail cell, with full medical benefits, before they are turned over to the State's wallet...

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jail rehab

before we go spending big bucks on increasing jail capacity let's take a close look at what we have locked up and prioritize on the really bad boys and girls.

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Another sign of the downfall of Fayetteville

Better make it a real big jail, the way Fayetteville is going.

What a shame!

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mar66cla wrote:

Better make it a real big jail, the way Fayetteville is going.

What a shame!

http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/03-28-2012/f%E2%80%99ville-among-ga%E...

Yeah, it's getting rough.

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